oyster plant
Goat's beard Goat's beard, goatsbeard goatsbeard . (Bot.), A weedy European annual with yellow flowers, of the genus {Tragopogon}; -- so named from the long silky beard of the seeds. One species is the {salsify} or {oyster plant}; it is naturalized in US.

Syn: meadow salsify, shepherd's clock, {Tragopogon pratensis}. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]


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  • Oyster plant — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oyster Plant — is a common name used for various flowering plants, including: Tragopogon porrifolius (also called Purple Salsify) Mertensia maritima Tradescantia discolor Synonyms: Tradescantia spathacea, Rhoeo spathacea, Rhoeo discolor. Family: Commelinaceae… …   Wikipedia

  • oyster plant — ☆ oyster plant n. SALSIFY …   English World dictionary

  • oyster plant — noun 1. edible root of the salsify plant • Syn: ↑salsify • Hypernyms: ↑root • Part Holonyms: ↑salsify, ↑vegetable oyster, ↑Tragopogon porrifolius 2. Mediterranean b …   Useful english dictionary

  • oyster plant — /ˈɔɪstə plænt/ (say oystuh plant) noun the salsify, whose root tastes like oyster …   Australian English dictionary

  • oyster plant — noun 1》 another term for salsify. 2》 a blue flowered thick leaved creeping plant of the borage family, growing chiefly on stony beaches in northern Europe. [Mertensia maritima.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • oyster plant — oys′ter plant n. pln salsify • Etymology: 1815–25, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • oyster plant — noun Date: 1821 salsify …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oyster plant — 1. salsify. 2. See sea lungwort. 3. Moses in the cradle. [1815 25, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • oyster-plant — n. Salsify …   New dictionary of synonyms

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